Closing your feed gap
All situations are different when it comes to filling the gap between the feed you have and the feed you need. You have options, but they come with a price – time, money or future potential.
This fact sheet explores the different options available to help you make the right feed planning decisions.
- Home grown pasture or crops are likely to be of higher quality and lower cost than purchased feed, so they should be fully explored first
- Feeding more grain/concentrates is an option, but this may increase your risk of acidosis
- High fibre by-products can be purchased to extend your fodder reserves. They are not a substitute for grain/concentrate
- Drying off early and culling cows can reduce the demand on feed but consider the future impact on your farm business’s financial position in the short and longer term